by Alan Dixon | 2005-08-12 03:00:00-06
The New Life-Link A.T. Superlight answers the call of the hikers who want a strong, light and durable trekking pole but don’t need adjustably or to shorten the poles for storage. The A.T. Superlights used fixed-length carbon fiber shafts and come in 44", 46", 48", 50", 52" (112, 117, 122, 127, 132 cm) lengths. The carbon shafts are joined with a light grip, and the standard Life Link snag proof trekking basket and carbide tips.
The Life-Line poles face stiff competition from other carbon fiber trekking poles. At 12 ounces a pair, they are about the same weigh as Komperdell Duolock multi-section adjustable poles. Fixed-length Poles from other ultra-light manufactures like Gossamer Gear weigh 4 to 5 oz.
If A.T. Superlights have an advantage it will be in strength and durability. The carbon shafts have a thick walled construction with years of proven field durability. It is the same constant diameter shafts used in the lower section of their hybrid aluminum and carbon fiber poles like the Guide Ultralight trekking poles.
"Life-Link A.T. Superlight Trekking Pole (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)," by Alan Dixon. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
http://backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/Life-Link_AT_Superlight_Trekking_Pole_ORSM05.html, 2005-08-12 03:00:00-06.